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I have never experienced a landslide or a hurricane but I have read and watched videos about their disastrous effects. This family was once on TV devastated that their neighbours’ house was swept into the house and they have never seen them ever since. They talked about that dreadful morning when a hurricane tore their lives apart. The interviewer asked them how they survived such a tragedy and they all talked about their house, how much time and effort they had put in laying the foundation of their house, they talked about how foolish they felt taking so much time to build yet others were only taking months. Experts had said that the area was safe from such tragedies and nothing like a hurricane had been foreseen. In fact at that time, the weather forecasters were not as advanced as they are today.
The disaster ruined many lives because the people were not prepared. There was no warning. I look at our lives, our faith and see many times destructions have come; in form of disappointments, worry, loss, despair, lack and even sicknesses and diseases. Psalm 11:3 asks, what do the righteous do when the foundations are shaken? What happens when storms come your way? Well, as abrupt as some storms come in our lives, we are privileged to know that they are coming and hence be prepared. Jesus said that in this world we shall find trouble, it is a warning that has been given us, to propel us to get ready, to propel us to build our foundations in Christ the solid rock. We just don’t know when, but we are assured that there are times when we shall walk through the valley of the shadow of death. So we should always be prepared.
Remember the wise man and the foolish man? In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus gives a parable about a foolish man who built his house on sand and a wise man who built his house on a rock. When the storms came, the house on sand was destroyed but the house built on the rock remained firm. Well, building a house on sand seems easier and takes less effort than building on a rock. At the end of the day, the effort and struggle put in building the house on a rock paid off. This parable is used to encourage us to have the right foundation which is God’s word, and not just reading it but putting it into practice. The foundation of our choices, our actions, our speech, our choices, our walk, should be God’s word. His word is unshakable, it remains the same.
When storms of life come your way today, are you confident that you have built your foundation right? Have you been doing the hard work in establishing your foundation in God’s word? It takes intentionally setting time a side to study God’s word and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through it. It takes meditating on God’s word day and night, and not letting His instructions fade away. It is a lot of work, but it pays off at the end. When storms come, you will be found ready. You will not be shaken because you will be strongly built on the rock. Start building, continue building. May you be found firmly rooted. Don’t be the foolish builder.